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Directed by Agnès Varda

France, United States 1969 110 mins. In English, French with English subtitles

Agnès Varda brings New York counterculture to Los Angeles. In a rented house in the sun-soaked Hollywood Hills, a woman and two men—Viva, of Warhol Factory fame, James Rado, and Gerome Ragni, who created and starred in the rock musical Hair—delight in one another’s bodies while musing on love, stardom, and politics. They are soon joined by underground director Shirley Clarke, playing herself (as well as functioning as a surrogate for Varda). Lions Love (. . . and Lies) is a meta-cinematic inquiry into the alternating currents of whimsy and tragedy that typified late-sixties America. (Janus Films)

Genres: Drama, Comedy

Appears in: Varda: A Retrospective